Transgender indie-folk/electronica musician and author Rae Spoon’s debut book First Grass Spring Fire (Arsenal Pulp Press) hits bookshelves this September. Spoon’s personal essay Femme Cowboy was featured in the 2011 anthology Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, a finalist for the 24th annual Lambda Literary Awards

First Grass Spring Fire, inspired by Spoon’s own experience, tells the story of a “young person growing up queer in a strict Pentecostal family in Alberta,” Canada.

From the publisher:

The narrator attends church events and Billy Graham rallies faithfully with their family before discovering the music that becomes their salvation and means of escape. As their father’s schizophrenia causes their parents’ marriage to unravel, the narrator finds solace and safety in the company of their siblings, in their nascent feelings for a girl at school, and in their growing awareness that they are not the person their parents think they are. With a heart as big as the prairie sky, this is a quietly devastating, heart-wrenching coming-of-age book about escaping dogma, surviving abuse, finding love, and risking everything for acceptance.

If this charming trailer makes you smile wide and say, “Aww,” (not just for it’s touching subject matter, but for it’s striking graphics as well), then you’ll be glad to know that the book is available for purchase here.



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  • Ron Fritsch

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